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Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program

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The Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the basic skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in both English and Mandarin at a young age. It is a program in which Mandarin and English are used as the languages of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1 and continuing to Grade 9.

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See the designation notices to parents about changes to student designations and school attendance areas.


  • Entry points - Kindergarten and Grade 1
    Previous Chinese experience is not required and parents do not need to know the language
  • Mandarin/English Content
    • 50/50 in K-6, in 7-9, 30% in Mandarin
    • Simplified Chinese script will be taught beginning in Kindergarten
    • The Han Yu Pin Yin pronunciation system will be taught to accelerate the process of learning to read in Chinese
  • Subjects taught in English
    • Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 6*
      English Language Arts; Social Studies
  • English and Chinese (Mandarin)
    • integrated into the following subjects:
      Mathematics ; Science; Music; Fine Arts
  • Subject taught in Chinese (Mandarin)
    Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts
  • Junior High School - Grades 7, 8 & 9*
    Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts; Mathematics

*The Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program opened in September of 1998 and expanded each year up to Grade 9.


  • Expands the intellect
  • Teaches responsible citizenship
  • Develops enhanced feelings of self-esteem due to pride in having acquired a tangible skill
  • Strengthens English literacy skills
  • Encourages the joy of lifelong learning
  • Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Mandarin-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism
  • Allows students to compete internationally
  • Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options
  • Broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language


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